U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo is inserting himself into the race for House District 114, throwing his support behind Republican challenger Javier Enriquez.
“Javier Enriquez will be an outstanding state representative,” Curbelo said. “His deep roots in the community and his conservative vision that puts people over politics will serve District 114 well in Tallahassee.
‘I’m proud to support him, and I look forward to working with him.”
Enriquez, an attorney and graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, is competing against Democratic incumbent Javier Fernandez in HD 114. Fernandez took over the seat in May after winning a special election.
“I’m honored to have Congressman Curbelo’s support,” Enriquez said in response to the endorsement.
“He has distinguished himself as a strong leader for our region in Washington, and I look forward to partnering with him to provide the kind of effective leadership our fellow citizens deserve.”
The news of Curbelo’s backing comes after Enriquez pulled in endorsements from former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and current state Rep. and state Senate candidate Manny Diaz.
HD 114 covers parts of Miami-Dade County including West Miami and Cutler Bay. The district overlaps with Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which Curbelo currently represents.